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January 9, 2018 > Park It

Park It

Submitted By Ned MacKay

Youth job fairs
Job opportunities in the East Bay Regional Park District for youth ages 15 through 24 will be showcased at two job fairs this month.

The first is on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave. in Livermore. The second is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Richmond Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.

The fairs are from 10 a.m. to noon. Both offer free lunch and shuttle service from nearby BART stations.

The park district has a wide variety of openings for paid employment, both in the near future and summertime. Job categories for youth include park maintenance, working with children, aquatics, and public safety.

For more information, visit the park district website at, email, or call (510) 544-2154.


Speaking of work, the park district will observe its 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with volunteer projects from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 15 at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline in Oakland.

Volunteers will help the park staff with restoration and invasive plant removal in order to improve wildlife habitat.

Children may participate, but must be accompanied by one chaperone for every 20 kids. Check in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and closed-toe shoes. Please bring a refillable water bottle and a bucket to pick up litter. Heavy rain cancels the event.

Registration is required. To register, call (888) 327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to program number 19227. For more information, email


As winter continues, there are lots of naturalist-led programs scheduled in the regional parks.

For instance, kids (and adults) will enjoy a bug program with insect-themed games from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Big Break Regional Shoreline.
Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off OakleyÕs Main Street. For information, call (888) 327-2757, ext. 3050.


Or you can avoid the muddy trails on a hike from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 13 with naturalist Kevin Dixon up to pine-covered sandstone ridges at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch.

And naturalist Eddie Willis will display and discuss historic mining tools and equipment in a program from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Both programs meet in the parking lot at the end of Somersville Road, 3.5 miles south of Highway 4. EddieÕs program is wheelchair accessible. Call (888) 327-2757, ext. 2750.


ThereÕs lots, too, on the schedule at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley.

Gravity and its effects is the theme of a program from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, with interpretive student aide Brianna Contaxis-Tucker.

ThereÕs Fun With Felting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14 and again Jan. 28 with naturalist Jenna Scimeca. Jenna will show how to turn sheepÕs wool into cloth, and help participants make their own felt.

Then from 2:30 to 3:30 on both days, Jenna will press fresh apples into samples of cider.
The center is at the north end of TildenÕs Central Park Drive. For information, call (510) 544-2233.

Family Nature Fun hour continues from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14, at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda with a program about watersheds. Follow the water from tree to sea.

Crab Cove is at 1252 McKay Ave. Call (510) 544-3187.


And at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, the new Dumbarton Quarry Bayside Campground is scheduled to open in 2019.

Naturalist Francis Mendoza will lead an easy three-mile round-trip hike to the quarry site from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14. Francis will talk about the history of the quarry site and plans for the campground.
The program is for ages 12 and older. Meet Francis at the parkÕs Quarry parking lot. Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. Call (510) 544-3220.

For more information on programs in the regional parks, visit the district website,

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